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Do you need to be a Perfectionist?

Do you need to be a Perfectionist?

Being a perfectionist is often either unattainable or unaffordable.

While making a mistake that others see may be a blow to your self-esteem, everyone makes mistakes and errors at some point.

The trick is to make sure the important things are done correctly and less important things are done at a level that makes sense given both their importance and impact.

For some things as an example, being a perfectionist is necessary. For others, not so much. An example is a document that becomes public, like a press release or pricing you are doing for a new client vs. an internal email, memo or report or internal budget analysis.

So how much time will you spend making sure these two types of activities are perfect before people see them?

If you spend too much time on the less important item, you are likely taking away time for other things that are in fact more important.

So while being perfect is nice, as a manager and leader, you need to apportion your time correctly and manage the level of effort you put into everything to get the maximum return. And treat your staff the same way, particularly when they make a mistake on something that isn't really important or visible. Give them an indication of the importance so they can allocate the right time and effort on what they are doing. And if it is absolutely critical, provide support, which could be someone else who does a double check of your work or the work of your staff. Sometimes it is impossible to see your own errors.

You and your staff should strive for perfection, but don’t let it distract you from what’s important.

About Michel Theriault

Michel is the founder of Success Fuel for Managers. He is an author, speaker and consultant focusing on topics relevant to Managers and aspiring Managers in businesses of all sizes who want to get results, get attention, and get ahead. He is also a contributor to Forbes and AllBusiness Experts . Michel is available for speaking engagements, training and consulting. Connect with him or send an email.

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